By AARON CRANFORD
Barcelona have made it to the UEFA Champions league quarterfinals for seven years running now, and once again, they must go through Manchester City (2:45 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1).
City will host Barcelona for the first leg Tuesday, and the English side hope this year’s Round of 16 starts off differently than last years.
These two met in met in the same round in 2014, and Barcelona had their way with the 2013-2014 English champions, beating them 4-1 over the course of two legs. Lionel Messi scored two goals, one in each meeting, and he enters this year’s knockout stage with eight goals, the second most of any player in the competition.
Sergio Aguero leads City with five goals in UCL group play, but Manchester City barely slipped through the Group Stage after only securing two points in their first four matches. The English club demolished Newcastle United over the weekend, so they hope some confidence rolls over into the midweek match.
This matchup will feature many of the world’s best players, including Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany.
After missing out on the knock out stage in 2014, Italian giant Juventus hopes to surge past Borussia Dortmund, who have struggled in domestic play, but looked sharp in the UCL Group Stage (2:45 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2).
Dortmund sit in the middle of the Budesliga table, but their domestic struggles have not quite affected their UCL play, which saw them top their group over Arsenal, Anderlecht and Galatasaray. Juventus finished second in their group to Atletico Madrid.
The Italian side has heavily relied on their defensive prowess to advance this far as they have scored the second least amount of goals, seven, out of the remaining teams competing. In comparison, Dortmund have netted 14 times and have conceded the same amount of goals, 4, as Juventus.
What do you think of this pair of UEFA Champions League matchups? Can Barcelona keep their streak alive? Can Juventus avenge last year’s failure?
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